Edit ModuleShow Tags

Gas Industry Responds to Cyber Attacks

New alliance will coordinate protection efforts


Published:

Industry companies have formed the Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ONG-ISAC) to protect infrastructure -- including gas compressor stations -- from cyber-attacks.

American Petroleum Institute (API) helped launch the data hub, which will operate as an independent organization. ONG-ISAC will facilitate the exchange of information, help evaluate risks and provide up-to-date security guidance to companies operating in the U.S.

So far, about 25 energy companies have joined ONG-ISAC. It is similar to 16 existing ISAC organizations serving other U.S. industrial sectors.

ONG-ISAC said energy-reported attacks were 53% of the 200 incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s industrial control systems emergency response team in the first half of fiscal 2013. It said although some oil companies already share information on cyber-attacks, better coordination is needed.

“Computer-based attacks are one of the fastest-growing threats to American businesses and infrastructure,” said API Vice President Kyle Isakower. “The center builds on existing programs to help companies quickly identify and respond to threats against energy production and distribution systems such as refineries and pipelines and stay connected with law enforcement agencies.”

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Recent Articles

GE Adds Propak To Power Packager Program

GE’s Distributed Power business has expanded its Gas Compression Power Packager program in Canada by adding Propak Systems as a new participant at the platinum level.

Nasmyth Group Opens North American Headquarters

Nasmyth Group, a global supplier of precision engineering, products and services, opened its regional North American headquarters.

Chesapeake Utilities Completes Gatherco-Aspire Energy Merger

Chesapeake Utilities Corp. completed the merger of Gatherco, Inc. into Aspire Energy of Ohio, LLC, Chesapeake Utilities' newest wholly-owned subsidiary. The transaction is valued at US$59.2 million.

Bidell Joins GE’s Gas Compression Packager Program

GE’s Distributed Power business has expanded its Gas Compression Power Packager program in Canada by adding Bidell Gas Compression as a new participant at the Platinum Level.

EthosEnergy Poland Nets Generator Contract

EthosEnergy Poland S.A. business has received a contract for the design, manufacture, transportation and assembly of four 150 MVA 242/13.8 kV generator step-up and two 6 MVA 13.8/6 kV auxiliary transformers for the Porabka-Zar hydropower station in Poland.